If It’s Free, It’s For Me!

29 Jun

Hi all! The last two days have been pretty uneventful–just working, dog sitting and counting down until Wed 5P when I officially begin my vacation.

Yesterday was nothing was too special, it was a Monday and still unbearably hot! for breakfast, I gad a green monster with baby spinach, almond milk, mango and banana and  I made an awesome breakfast sandwich on an Arnold Whole Wheat Bagel Thin with egg whites, ham and cheese with a dab of ketchup.

I wish I would have known that I could nuke egg whites a long time ago, it would have saved me so much money and less money would have went to Jimmy Dean D-Lights

I haven’t had greek yogurt in a few days where is a rarity for me and will need to buy one or two before I move because I cannot exist without it. To win some coupons for FREE (yes, free) Chobani Greek Yogurt, click here!

Lunch was leftovers of brown rice, chicken and black beans

I snacked on a Hearth Strings Cookies N Cream bar–which was amazing! I never tried this flavor but the frosting alone was worth it. I will definitely be getting this one again! If you like granola bars, you should definitely check out their website. They are a local company and have a variety of flavors plus great deals on gift sets of granola bars–plus a granola of the month club!

Then later, had some strawberries

I saw a really random book at the library

Is anyone really interested in the story of Julio Iglesias Junior? I kinda want to check it out just to learn random facts about him and throw it out in every day conversation! “You went to the park this wknd? Did you know Julio Iglesias Junior volunteered at local parks in Southern California when he was a teen?” You know, just to throw people off a little.

Dinner was yet again-sandwich thins! I made personal pizzas with them and topped with turkey pepperoni, salami and cut up Monterrey Jack Cheese


One of them got a little damaged….but still edible!

Along with a  side of Green Giant Immunity Blend. As said before, I am not a fan of frozen veggies but I really enjoyed these. The veggies were surprisingly tasty (one may say it tasted fresh) and it was a nice mixture.

The rest of the night was blah. I was just pooped from work, the heat, getting ready for my trip etc. I can’t wait until moving day next wk when I am near work and only have a 10 minute commute each way compared to the 45 minute commute each way I have now.

 But today was more exciting and this morning was the morning of free stuff!!

Free breakfast-Chick Fil A Chicken Minis, Mini Bagels, McDonalds Parfait and free coffee from Just Fresh with my free coupon

Free ice cream courtesy of Time Warner outside our building for some promotion they were doing. This somewhat makes up for the fact that they keep raising their rates. I was paying $145 for cable with DVR and Internet and just couldn’t do it anymore so I switched to basic cable (sadly, without DVR) to save $80 a month.

Free tomatoes from my co-workers garden. She brought in bags of these and I wanted to take them all home but just took one.

These were super yummy and I may have had 1/3 of the bag at my desk this morning-let’s hear it for lycopene! And look at the size of those cube walls, I love having my privacy as opposed to an open floor plan.

And we got free coffee and lunch tomorrow coming due to it being Quarter End. That is the one perk of my job and department I enjoy the most. And that means they will probably have some leftovers, which is perfect so less random meals from my kitchen! Stuff is starting to run low, which is great but I can only get so creative with random foods and a few spices and sauces.

Since my friend helped me with Ikea stuff on Sunday, I told her I would take her to lunch today so her, my co-worker and I headed for an all you can eat sushi buffet for lunch. All you can eat for $9.95? Sign me up. They also had a hot bar with lo mein (which was creamy, I did not like this), fried rice, sesame chicken and chicken teriyaki. I love that this place is right around the corner and the sushi is endless. I was full but not uncomfortable full so it was nice not having to feel like I needed to unbutton my pants when I got to work lol I used to love buffets but really don’t go that often anymore, I really can’t think of the last time I went to a buffet in general or my beloved Chinese buffet

 Yet another attempt to get stuff out of my fridge, I made chicken drumsticks glazes with a honey teriyaki sauce served with Green Giant Cheesy Broccoli and Rice

I was running some errands after dinner and am sad to admit, looked like crap (I know, I’m a letdown but it does happen to even the greatest like me-ha!) I was wearing yoga pants and a tank top and no makeup. But I had my ghetto baby girl earrings on because they don’t leave my ears until I shower, workout or go to bed. I like to rock them everywhere and always get compliments on my earrings. Anyways, why is it that times like this is when you run into an ex? I was just trying to get some fro-yo to cool me off, wasn’t bothering anyone and BAM! There he was at the fro-yo place…..with a lady friend. This is the dude who brought the mary jane over to my place on the second date. The same one who said he didn’t do drugs. The same one who had a bowl in every room of his house. Yeah. I played it cool but put on my sunglasses like they would somehow make me disappear ala Big Daddy.  I was awestruck because this is my turf and he doesn’t even live in this county! WTF? I was about to take off my earrings, put some Vasoline on my arms and scrap. He can go back to his county with his lady friend with the fake Coach purse (horrible stitch work and cheap straps) to their own place to get some cool treats. It’s annoying, that’s all.

Regardless-the good stuff

Of course, I can’t refuse the little guy the last spoonful

Looking to give to a good cause? Head to Kelly Confidential and make a banana split for free and Electrolux will donate $1 for every split made to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund. Calorie free and helping a charity, not too shabby.

Lincoln wishes you a good night!

28 Responses to “If It’s Free, It’s For Me!”

  1. dianacheung June 29, 2010 at 9:53 pm #

    what the hell? TONS of stuffed happened with you!! And def put on vaseline before you punch a biznatch out! hahaha. Those better be the granola bars you are sending me! And what the fudge? You always get all these goodies outside of where you work! BTW how do you nuke an egg…I MUST KNOW.

    • simplyshaka June 30, 2010 at 7:24 am #

      Haha we are right in the middle of downtown so there is a lot of promotional stuff going on with different companies giving free stuff, I love it.

      Eggwise….I just take 1/2 cup liquid eggwhites, season with pepper, nuke for a minute and half and voila!

      Ps-bars should be there soon!

  2. livelaughloveandrun June 29, 2010 at 10:12 pm #

    Umm.. Sandwich Thins are my FAVORITE! I never thought to make mini-pizzas with them. I’ll have to do that! I will purposely plan a meal around them, so here’s another excuse!

    • simplyshaka June 30, 2010 at 11:27 pm #

      They were awesome! I used to make them with english muffins and tortillas so why not sandwich thins? I buy them and never go through them in time so it was perfect 🙂

  3. April June 30, 2010 at 6:55 am #

    Lincoln is so cute 🙂 That container is as big as him!

    Small world huh? I see people in the oddest places sometimes.

    I wish there was an IKEA around here 😦

    • simplyshaka June 30, 2010 at 11:27 pm #

      Haha thanks 🙂 I have to hold the container or he gets lost in there!

  4. Karla June 30, 2010 at 6:55 am #

    Boo for running into that guy! but yay for all these free goodies!
    To be perfectly honest, I wouldn’t mind hearing about Julio Iglesias Junior… probably better than Enrique…

    • simplyshaka June 30, 2010 at 11:28 pm #

      That is true, I don’t want Enrique to be my hero…..baby.

  5. Autumn @ Good Eats Girl June 30, 2010 at 8:11 am #

    Wow! You had a lot going on! I love a good day of free stuff!

    Yay for your vacation starting soon! And your move is coming up fast! I’m sure it will be nice to be so much closer to work!!!

    And, I have to say, I love Sandwich Thins…I never thought to make little pizzas on them! Genius!

  6. terrid June 30, 2010 at 9:20 am #

    i heart FREE stuff! good FREE stuff. i also heart chick fil a. lots.

    boo for exes. but there’s a reason why they are exes….and i hate fake purses. (i sound like a pretentious snob….and i am totally not…but somethings have to be real, ya know??)

    have a wonderful wednesday! glad your commute is going to be WAY shorter, very soon!xo

    • simplyshaka June 30, 2010 at 11:29 pm #

      Well than slap me on the butt and call me a pretentious snob b/c I am the same way! I bought a fake before and rarely used it b/c I felt ghetto. Why don’t you just save up and buy a new one??! I don’t get it.

      Hope you’re having a great wk 🙂

  7. Lauren @ WWoB June 30, 2010 at 9:56 am #

    Dude, those chickfila mini biscuits are so good! In high school I got them all the time when they were free!

    • simplyshaka June 30, 2010 at 11:29 pm #

      Lucky gal, I didn’t even know they existed until two yrs ago!!

  8. teneightsixfour June 30, 2010 at 10:43 am #

    OMG Did I miss something…are you moving? Or was that just figurative for WHEN you move???
    Once again ( i think i say this every time) your food looks delish…Also, I’m coming to Charlotte so I can get that $9.99 sushi buffet, I LOVE buffets…and so does my ba-donk-a-donk! 🙂

    • simplyshaka June 30, 2010 at 11:30 pm #

      You haven’t missed anything major move wise. I am still gonna be in Charlotte just in a different, younger, more lively area ALOT closer to work!

      You need to get yourself here for a visit, it shall be a food tour 🙂

  9. Amy @ Second City Randomness June 30, 2010 at 10:55 am #

    Free food always tastes twice as good as if it would normally… always!

    Oh and that granola bar looks awesome! Cookies ‘n Creme is a favorite flavor of mine when it comes to stuff like that (or ice cream!).

    • simplyshaka June 30, 2010 at 11:31 pm #

      Have you tried Spiru-tein’s Cookies N Cream protein powder? Mix it with almond milk and ice and it’s like a milkshake! YUM!

  10. thehungryscholar June 30, 2010 at 10:57 am #

    Sometimes the blogs make me want to eat EVERYTHING. Your food looks so great!

  11. Monique June 30, 2010 at 11:03 am #

    i love free stuffff!!! GREAT TITLE! 😛

    you look so cute with that big ass cherry tomato. lycopene just got really adorable!

    i cant even comment on all you delish eats. they look great!

    • simplyshaka June 30, 2010 at 11:32 pm #

      Hehe thanks. Maybe I should email the American Cancer Society and tell them to put me in an ad? It can be my free ticket outta my job 🙂

  12. christina June 30, 2010 at 11:40 am #

    julio iglesias, hahahha! it doesn’t even look like him!

    i looooooove free food!

  13. genesis June 30, 2010 at 12:04 pm #

    jeez, look at all those freebies. and i hear ya on TWC raising their rates. we pay $100+ per month and we dont even have DVR. sux balls.

    • simplyshaka June 30, 2010 at 11:33 pm #

      Sux balls indeed. I just want to have basic cable then four other channels, why can’t we just have a select as you want package? Grrrrr.

  14. Lauren (Clean Eats in the Dirty South) June 30, 2010 at 1:25 pm #

    shock and awe!
    where, pray tell, is that endless sushi bar?! i MUST go!

  15. Monique@She's Going The Distance June 30, 2010 at 5:50 pm #

    hahah did you make a smiley face with your ketchup?!?!? 🙂

    • simplyshaka June 30, 2010 at 11:33 pm #

      LOL I didn’t even realize that—good catch!!

  16. kelsey@snackingsquirrel.com June 30, 2010 at 8:55 pm #

    Lincoln is the most adorable little guy EVER ❤ he just stole my heart with this post 🙂

    isnt rice, beans, and chicken the bomb! oh i love good simple combos like that!

    how adorable are those chicken minis too!! and the personal pizzas!! i make some like that but i used french baguette bread and slice it up and then put on the sauce, cheese, meat etc and broil them for a bit in the oven. yum yum ❤

    • simplyshaka June 30, 2010 at 11:35 pm #

      Awww thanks, I will let him know he has another fan. I don’t tell him too often about all the love he gets off of here b/c it will go to his head 🙂

      I am loving the french bread idea but I would fear I would eat it piece by piece before making it. I can’t be trusted with carbs without supervision!

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